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Turning Heads Linkup – 4th of July Dress and Look

Hello friends!

I am in my red, white and blue today to celebrate America and the 4th of July. Although, as a child, I never liked fireworks and would cry, I just love our country and the Freedoms we have.

This Month’s Happenings and My 4th of July Look

Well, I am in Asheville, NC as we speak, and going to meet up with Shelbee and Jennie, along with some other ladies, ( I think). My Hubby, the pups and I are not newcomers to Asheville, it is one of our favorite mountain towns. So, when Shelbee asked if I wanted to meet, I thought, ” that would be fun!” More on the meetup later…We are staying in a dog-friendly hotel, Aloft, which has a pretty mountain view from the backyard seating area and dedicates the 3rd floor to a track with Astroturf for the pups to enjoy.

When we took these photos, we were in Moorseville, and what else is more Americana than Coca-Cola? ok, baseball, apple pie…Although, I would doubt the claims of coca cola “relieving fatigue” as the mural says. It may make you a bit more hyper with the caffeine but not sure about the rest. I’ll stick to water and Crystal Light as my drinks of choice. Tea at night.

I chose my paisley print dress in red, white and blue with a touch of green. I  could have gone less traditional with a white and blue dress and added a red bag.. there are lots of ways to style red, white and blue for the Holiday. Add a fitted jean jacket at night and you’ve got your Holiday ensemble. Not to mention, a bit more Americana! ( denim)

Now, I need to find a cute pair of red statement earrings…. Amazon to the rescue! Love these round pair,  this darling 2 for $10 pair ( and the second looks like fireworks!) as well as these statement makers! So many to choose from and so inexpensive.

There are a lot of things going on this month, as it is our 18th Wedding  Anniversary and being that hubby and I both work from home, we say, “18 years! Feels like 30! ” ( of course lovingly!) My boy Gibson turns 8 on July 7th, and I turn 51 on July 8th. We are going to celebrate at the Outer Banks this month and I am ready!

The 4th

Of course, the 4th of July is nearly here and I think it officially kicks of the start of summer, although these 93+ degree days have done that too! We will stay home for the 4th because my little pup Truffles gets so scared. We will cookout – hubby will make burgers and I will have the untraditional salmon burger with feta… its a burger right? I’m not a burger “snob” I just don’t eat red meat 🙂

We will head down to the pool in the afternoon and enjoy this Patriotic holiday. Happy 4th to you!

Looking for more outfit inspo- Check out my 4th of July post from last year.

I know you have seen this bag a fair amount, but it goes with everything and its my favorite for summer!

A vintage piece of jewelry from my collection.

Soft Surroundings gifted me these white floral sandals last summer. Cute huh?


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  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:42h, 11 July Reply

    Jess, I love this dress! And those sandals. And that cool Coca Cola sign! Such great photos! I am going to feature this post on tomorrow’s Link Up On the Edge.


  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 16:12h, 10 July Reply

    glad you got to meet your blogging friends, love this! Thanks for adding to the #linkup too. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • voguefauxreal
    Posted at 17:14h, 06 July Reply

    What a gorgeous dress – it’s perfect on you. And I just love those sandals! Asheville is just beautiful – that whole part of NC is. I spent my summers in that area when I was growing up (family vacations and camp) and visited again about 7 years ago. We’re getting ready to take a beach vacation with our two girls (they’re a bit bigger than yours @ 75 lbs and 69 lbs) and I’m so looking forward to it. The larger of my 2 girls is very afraid of booms and cracks. We stayed at home with her this 4th (and 5th and probably tonight too – we’re outside city limits). Thank you so much for the link-up I’ll look forward to browsing the blogs!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:36h, 07 July Reply

      Hi Ruth! Seems we are on the same track! We are taking our pups with us to a doggy bnb near the Outer Banks soon. Enjoy your beach trip with your pups. We do the same for the 4th as my girl gets scared and we don’t feel right leaving her. My boy is not bothered by anything, I think he s the exception! Thank you for the lovely compliment. I am posting a bit on Asheville on Monday. xx

  • Margaret
    Posted at 08:07h, 05 July Reply

    Sounds like a fun day and a great meet up! I love the outfit, but is specially the necklace. Beautiful.

  • Mel's 2nd Act
    Posted at 16:55h, 04 July Reply

    Love the dress, Jess! What fun to meet up with fellow bloggers:) We’ll be home cuddling with our little Maltese who gets scared big the big bad firework noise too.
    Visiting from FB The Midlife Blogging Community

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:03h, 05 July Reply

      Aw, Mel I know all too well! My girl Truffles is very scared of fireworks so we stay home at night. thank you for the dress compliment!xx

  • Maureen
    Posted at 16:03h, 04 July Reply

    That’s so awesome that you, Shelbee and Jennie are going to meet up! Blogger meet ups are such a treat and so fun. I love paisley print. It’s such a unique pattern and it just looks good. I would love to have a hamburger and we are debating about getting one or grilling! LOL Congratulations on 18 years of marriage and happy birthday in advance! Wishing you a fabulous long weekend and happy 4th of July!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Sandra
    Posted at 14:07h, 04 July Reply

    What a lovely outfit. It looks great on you. I am in the midst of a badly timed cleanse so there will be no burger for me either. Salmon sounds good. Enjoy it. Happy Fourth of July!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:02h, 05 July Reply

      Thank you Sandra! I hope you could enjoy a salmon burger or something on the 4th! Glad you like the look, we had a good day but stayed home at night to keep our girl shih tzu company. xx

  • carmen
    Posted at 00:06h, 04 July Reply

    Gorgeous!! A lovely patriotic look in red, white and blue for the 4th of July. What a cute little purse and I love those sandals.

    God bless America!!


  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 14:43h, 03 July Reply

    Jess, how fun to meet up with Shelbee and Jennie! I’d love to hear that conversation! Lol! Congrats on your anniversary as well.

    Your dress is perfect for the 4th! We will be at home, too, as our dog is crazy scared of fireworks and we have several big shows here along the coast.

    Have a wonderful 4th of July.

    xx Darlene

  • Shugunna Alexander
    Posted at 07:58h, 03 July Reply

    I really like your dress, pretty colors on tou.

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 23:22h, 02 July Reply

    That’s a very festive dress, but I really love your shoes! Happy 4th, and say hi to Shelbee for me 😉
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Ada
    Posted at 22:58h, 02 July Reply

    What a beautiful floral halter dress. Love those sandals and that adorable SUMMER bag too. How fun tat you will meet up with Jennie and Shelbee. Enjoy it to the max! And Happy 4th!

    Welcome by and join my linkup this week, my friend. It is currently LIVE!


    Thanks and have a great 4th of July week!

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 21:10h, 02 July Reply

    The white floral sandals are a nice touch!


  • Neti*
    Posted at 20:46h, 02 July Reply

    This dress is perfect for summer and fits you to a tee. I still love the handbag. Happy Summer. . .

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 18:47h, 02 July Reply

    Such a gorgeous dress, and those sandals are fabulous! How exciting that you’re going to meet up with Shelbee and Jennie!

    Emma xxx

  • Amy Ann Arnold
    Posted at 17:58h, 02 July Reply

    This is the cutes dress and bag! Have so much fun at your meet up!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:06h, 04 July Reply

      HI Amy, thank you! We had such a fun meet up, it was like old friends getting together, ease of conversation, good food and drinks.. It was a great time. xx

  • Linda Cassidy
    Posted at 15:11h, 02 July Reply

    I am jealous of the meet up. Shelbee is like two hours from my home and we have never managed to connect. One of these days it will happen. Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Also amazing Independence Day look, love the dress

  • Iris Duhamel
    Posted at 14:27h, 02 July Reply

    Beautiful dress Jess. I like how versatile that dress is. It can be dressed up or down and will be a good option for almost any occasion. Happy 4th of July.

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 14:23h, 02 July Reply

    Beautiful dress! It’s so perfect for 4th of July and looks fantastic on you! Hope you are having a great week!

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 12:32h, 02 July Reply

    What a cute idea for a fourth of July outfit! That dress is too pretty on you!


  • Theresa Campbell
    Posted at 12:21h, 02 July Reply

    Asheville is so beautiful. I hope one day I can meet up with some blogging ladies. I’m sure it’s a blast! That dress is perfect for summer, especially Independence Day. Those little sandals are adorable. The little flowers remind me of wedding cake decorations. Delicious!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:16h, 02 July Reply

    How fun to meet up with those fab ladies! Great look and perfect for the 4th. Happy fourth of July Jess 🙂

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 10:45h, 02 July Reply

    Asheville is such a nice area, I’m sure you’re enjoying yourselves. I love that you found a Coca Cola sign to use for the photos, it couldn’t be more perfect! I don’t know how you always live up to your blog name, Jess! You know, I don’t eat red meat either. I love salmon burgers, but haven’t thought to have Darling Husband add one to the grill for me–I will this weekend!

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 10:36h, 02 July Reply

    A beaut of a print, Jess and perfect with the shoes for a RW&B 4th!
    Hugs, Mary x

  • HelloIm50ish
    Posted at 10:34h, 02 July Reply


    Love your 4th of July dress!
    How fun meeting up with other bloggers in Asheville, one of my favorite cities!
    I love the Biltmore and the Gardens!


  • Marta
    Posted at 10:01h, 02 July Reply

    I hope you have a nice 4th of July! I’m not american so I don’t really know what it’s like but it seems very fun. Out of all the 4th of July outfits I’ve seen this year, yours is my favourite, it has a lot of detail because of the pattern, unlike the basic red, white and blue outfits I’ve been seeing, yours is special.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 09:24h, 02 July Reply

    Have so much fun meeting up with Shelbie and Jennie!! 🙂 I love this red, white and blue dress on you! Perfect for the 4th!! I need to either do some laundry from our trip soon or figure out something else for the 4th! We wore all of our patriotic tees one day at Disney and it made for some cute photos.


  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 09:21h, 02 July Reply

    That is just the perfect 4th of July dress and how cute that you found that Coke sign to take your pics in front of! XO

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:08h, 02 July Reply

    Such a cute look and backdrop for the holiday! Happy 4th!!



  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 08:10h, 02 July Reply

    I love the Coca Cola background! So American! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your meetup as well.


  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 07:59h, 02 July Reply

    That dress is perfect. I still love those floral sandals. Cute and dainty. Have a wonderful time in Asheville. It’s been a long time since I have been there. I hope you can visit the Biltmore or at least get some photos. It would make a great back drop for your next photo shoot.

  • Julie | This Main Line Life
    Posted at 07:51h, 02 July Reply

    Love that dress, really pretty. Have a great time meeting up with your blogger friends.

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 07:42h, 02 July Reply

    You look stunning in this dress! Love your bag and the photo shoot location too!

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 07:35h, 02 July Reply

    That dress is so pretty on you and I love the fun Coca-Cola backdrop! I can’t wait to hear about your meetup with Jennie and Shelbee! Enjoy your 4th!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:59h, 02 July Reply

    Great dress, love the back drop – Coca Cola!!!! I am so excited to hear about your meet up with Shelbee and Jennie!!! Wish I was there!

  • Mica
    Posted at 06:53h, 02 July Reply

    What a cute paisley print dress! The white accessories are so nice with it 🙂

    Have a fun meet up, how exciting!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope your week is off to a good start 🙂


  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 04:22h, 02 July Reply

    I just love the print of that dress, Jess. It’s gorgeous! And I obviously love the colours! Happy 4th July, my gorgeous friend.
    Delighted to have been featured too…. thank you so much!!
    Suzy xxx

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 03:35h, 02 July Reply

    Perfect attire for your big day Jess. I hope it’s a fabulous time for you xx

  • Ivana Split
    Posted at 03:17h, 02 July Reply

    you look so beautiful in that parsley print dress. I really like the white straw bag and white sandals, they match so well.

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 02:21h, 02 July Reply

    I enbee you to meeting Shelbee and Jennie! How fantastic is that! Have a great time!

  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 02:08h, 02 July Reply

    Such a pretty floral dress Jess. Enjoy your meet up with the fellow bloggers. I was the same as a child with fireworks , I only liked the pretty ones. My what a busy time you will have with all the celebrations and 4th July, sure you will celebrate in style. Many thanks for the link up.

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